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Drug name confusion
UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has highlighted the risk of confusion between similar sounding or similar looking drug names. This follows more reports, including cases with fatal outcomes, of confusion between similarly named or sounding brand or generic names. Examples include clobazam and clonazepam; risperidone and ropinirole.
Patient safety alert: Oxygen cylinders
UK NHS improvement has issued a patient safety …
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